Senior Expert Contact

Promoting entrepreneurship through expertise - Imparting technical skills through volunteer work. Through their services, Senior Expert Contact (SEC) experts provide hands-on, direct support to companies and institutions in their efforts to grow. 
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Swisscontact Benin
6.3558488
2.3979877
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swisscontact peru
-12.107061
-77.03224689999999
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swisscontact nicaragua
12.126757
-86.25812529999999
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swisscontact nepal
27.6870248
85.31423079999999
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swisscontact laos
17.9575397
102.6318804
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swisscontact kosovo
41.3310337
19.8078796
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swisscontact Bolivia
-16.5097753
-68.1310622
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Swisscontact cambodia
11.5437912
104.9215138

The project

Founded in 1979, the Senior Expert Contact (SEC) provides rapid, hands-on support to small and medium enterprises and institutions in developing countries and Eastern Europe. Highly experienced volunteers impart their expert skills and knowledge to small and medium enterprises (SME) and institutions, which otherwise do not have access to this level of professional, affordable support.

SME and education or training institutes, as well as other organisations in developing countries and Eastern Europe, can request an SEC expert if they require technical expertise to overcome business and structural impediments, but cannot afford this at market prices.

Results

Each year, around 140 SMEs and institutions benefit from expert consultancy assignments.
Today, more than 700 mainly retired technical experts, ranging from craftspersons to  hotel managers to marketing specialists, provide their expertise and valuable professional experience.
Since 1979, the SEC has carried out over 3,000 assignments, with experts having provided roughly 1,200,000 hours of voluntary work. This is equal to an estimated 45 million Swiss francs.

SEC assignments result in:

  • Improvements in product quality
  • More efficient work flows
  • Improved work conditions
  • Higher competitiveness on the local market
  • Employment creation
  • Poverty reduction

Financing partners

This project is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA).

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News

Nepal
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
26.01.2021
SEC expert assisted in the design and installation of a cable car service in Nepal
Swisscontact SEC Expert, Mr. Martin Liesch, was invited to provide technical assistance to Ropeway and Cable Car Pvt. Ltd. The Kalinchowk Darshan project has since been completed and operating successfully. The cable car service is expected to contribute towards increasing tourism in the region.
Uganda
14.12.2020
Agricultural scientist advises women-led coffee producing organisation
Coffee producer “Kalaa Mugosi Women Empowerment Ltd” is committed to supporting disadvantaged women in rural areas of the country. SEC expert Markus Weber helped the organisation improve the quality of their coffee and identify international partnerships that focus on the empowerment of women.
Cambodia
Labour market insertion
11.12.2020
Watch: Cambodia's Leading Agriculture University Completed Assignment with SEC
Mr. Christoph Bickel, an expert of Swisscontact’s Senior Expert Contact (SEC), spent 12 weeks in October and November on an online assignment to assist Royal University of Agriculture (RUA)’s Faculty of Agriculture Engineering (FAEng) to develop Internship Guider (InGuider) handbook and strategic documents, which will help the faculty shape their development.